TOC II Spotlight: Sarah Lawrence College
We featured this TOC II spotlight in our April 2018 newsletter
Sarah Lawrence College is one of four graduate-only TOC II programs. The program provides financial assistance to students, including tuition support, books, and transportation.
Dr. Kathleen Ruen, Director of the Graduate Art of Teaching Program and the TOC II program, says the TOC II program has benefited the graduate program in many ways. Ruen says, "the TOC II grant program has enabled the Art of Teaching Program to increase its supports for all of our students. Alongside our TOC II cohort, non-TOC II students have benefited from our year-long Educating for Diversity Course, our Focus/Priority Internship Experiences, our EdTPA coaching sessions, and our Men Who Teach support group. We are attracting more students of color and males from our undergraduate college, and this year enrolled our first African American male student, Dennis Richmond, Jr., a Yonkers resident who is helping spread the word about our Program."
Mr. Richmond, a first year student in the Graduate Elementary Education program, wrote an article that was featured in the Journal News in February highlighting the importance of young African Americans maintaining their ties to black history. Richmond says, "M y ancestor, John Sherman Merritt, passed down the family values I hold today. One hundred years later, I am teaching my students the same family values that were passed down to me."